I was first introduced to tiger nuts two years ago at a health and wellness convention show.
It caught my attention, as there was a pamphlet promoting the tiger nuts ability to prevent blood clots, which was around the time my mom had her first brain aneurysm.
I didn’t purchase them at the show, as I wanted to ensure I researched enough to find out the full health benefits of tiger nuts, and shortly after, I introduced these tasty little nubs into my diet, and now enjoy as a snack, or pop a few while peeping in the refrigerator for something to eat.
They are gluten-free and packed with fiber which helps make you feel full, and in turn helps curb your appetite.
So what exactly are tiger nuts?
Well for starters, they aren’t nuts at all.
In fact, tiger nuts are small tubers, which is similar to a root of a plant (like a potato).
Tubers are the tips of underground stems, which swell with unused nutrients , and were first discovered 4,000 years ago!! – pretty cool huh?!
Tiger nuts also go by many names including:
Zulu Nut, Yellow Nutgrass, Ground Almond, Edible Rush and Rush Nut
So if you see any of these at a health food store, you know you came across a good product that is beneficial to your health!
What do tiger nuts taste like?
Tiger nuts have a hard texture (it is recommended to eat the skin, as it contains the most nutrients), and the “meat” of the tuber tastes like a smooth creamy coconut.
Tip: I typically soak my tiger nuts for a few hours, or overnight, which softens the texture and makes it easier to digest.
Tiger nut allergies
Although they have similar nutrients and energy benefits as nuts, there haven’t been any (known) cases which stipulate tiger nuts can adversely affect allergies.
If you are unsure, please check with your health care practitioner or physician before consuming.
Health benefits of tiger nuts
I have yet to come across a report or proven study, but like many super foods, and benefits to healthy eating, there is a list of diseases and ailments tiger nuts are capable of preventing, including:
Heart Attacks, Thrombosis and Cancer. but I can tell you that they are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals!
Here are the top health benefits to eating tiger nuts:
- Tiger nuts contain antioxidant vitamins, which help boost immunity and delay cell ageing.
- Tiger nuts are high in potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, which are essential for healthy circulation, bone density, tissue repair and muscle strength.
- Tiger nuts provide vitamin B1, which aids in balancing the central nervous system to help your body adapt to stress.
- Tiger nuts have high fiber content, which helps with bloating, diarrhea, constipation and hunger pangs.
Have you tried tiger nuts? Comment below and let me know what you thought of them.